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Internet Archive - Book Scanner

Location: Valencia, California, USA

Job Classification: Full-time, one-year working arrangement, plus possible extensions. Starting at $11.00 per hour plus health benefits and accrued paid time off (PTO) after 90 days.

Job Summary: Help us digitize library books to be seen by millions of people for years to come! Read more about us:

  • http://www.archive.org/about/about.php
  • http://www.archive.org/scanning
  • http://blog.archive.org
  • http://www.openlibrary.org

Internet Archive is a non-profit organization working with 80+ world-class universities and libraries to create the world's largest digital open library. You will be operating a "Scribe" scanning machine that takes digital photos of books from various collections and puts them online for universal access. A high tolerance for repetitive tasks and attention to detail is necessary. Previous imaging experience not necessary. We are looking for people who are patient, conscientious, detail oriented and who have the ability to work both alone and in a team environment. Basic knowledge of computers, e-mail, and spreadsheets is required, and strong technical skills are preferred. Must be able to lift and move stacks of books (5-15 lbs. each) short distances, sit at a scribe station for the duration of the shift, and use a foot pedal to raise and lower a glass platen. Pleasant, low-stress work environment. A love of books is a plus! Gain experience in the following fields of endeavor: building an open source digital library, digital photography, and digital scanning software, preservation, presentation and production of digital books, digitizing special collection books, understanding copyrights and public domain materials.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Strong technical skills preferred
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be able to lift heavy books and gently handle special collections materials
  • Must be able to sit for 6-7.5 hour periods and are comfortable with repetitive motion
  • Must have the desire to contribute to the world's largest digital open source library

References must be made available upon request.

To apply: Please email a cover letter (in the body of the email), resume, and writing sample to resumes@archive.org

Internet Archive will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Ordinance.

About the Internet Archive: Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library founded in 1996. Our motto is Universal Access to All Knowledge. We collect web sites, books, audio, videos, software, and other types of media and make them available to the world for free.

Front Office Administrative Staff

Location: Inner Richmond, San Francisco, CA

Job Classification: Full-time, Non-exempt (40 hours per week)

Job Summary: Responsible for overall front office activities, including the reception area, mail, large purchasing requests and general administrative support with a primary focus on customer service (answering phones, greeting external guests, managing email inquiries). Also responsible for supporting event coordination, catering for up to 100 staff and guests, and managing all office and electronic inventory order/organization.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the reception area to ensure effective telephone, email and mail communications both internally and externally to maintain professional image
  • Supervises and coordinates overall administrative activities for the Administration Team
  • Negotiates the purchase of office supplies and furniture, office equipment, etc., for the entire staff in accordance with company purchasing policies and budgetary restrictions
  • Supervises the maintenance of office equipment, including copier, fax machine, etc.
  • Responsible for the facilities day-to-day operations (such as distributing building access keys and back-up to security access cards, etc.)
  • Provides lead support for weekly staff lunches (up to 100 guests), including catering, set-up, cleanup, etc.
  • Manages contact system and general data management
  • Responsible for daily lock-up of the building
  • Participates as needed in special department projects

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent experience
  • Two years of previous experience in office management
  • Two years of customer service experience
  • Good planning and organizational skills
  • Comfortable negotiating with vendors
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well on a team and manage different personalities
  • Flexible and patient with constant change throughout the organization
  • Experience with ordering supplies and equipment
  • Working knowledge of mail processes such as postage machine, Federal Express and UPS
  • Computer literacy (both PC and Mac)
  • Ability to negotiate effectively
  • Ability to lift approximately 15-20 lbs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector
  • Fundraising/Events experience
  • Experience managing interns
  • IT experience and knowledge

References must be made available upon request.

To apply: Please forward a cover letter and your resume to jobs@archive.org.

Internet Archive will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Ordinance.

About the Internet Archive: Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library founded in 1996. Our motto is Universal Access to All Knowledge. We collect web sites, books, audio, videos, software, and other types of media and make them available to the world for free.

Part-time Driver

Location: Inner Richmond, San Francisco, CA

Job Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt (max 20 hours per week)

Job Summary:
A part-time driver is needed to work Tuesdays and Thursdays. The driver will be responsible for making pick-ups and deliveries in the San Francisco Bay Area of donations and goods that serve the organization.

In addition, the driver will be responsible for maintaining the truck and delivery schedules to ensure deliveries are met. The driver will be responsible for the parking of the delivery truck and various maintenance issues (gas, engine, etc.). The driver will also monitor and report driver issues such as accidents, safety concerns, or licensing issues.

This position will work a minimum of 16/ maximum of 20 hours per week.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a clean class CA drivers license.
  • A minimum of one year experience driving
  • Be able to lift up to 50 lbs. to 75 lbs.
  • Reliable and able to report to work on time
  • Adequate communication skills and multi-tasking abilities
  • Able to transport and deliver materials to various projects located throughout the bay area.
  • Act as a representative of Internet Archive when interacting with libraries,
  • organizations, and other individuals.
  • Ability to operate pallet jack/ forklift.
  • Basic computer skills desired, but not required.

References must be made available upon request.

To apply: Please forward a cover letter and your resume to jobs@archive.org.

Internet Archive will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Ordinance.

About the Internet Archive: Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library founded in 1996. Our motto is Universal Access to All Knowledge. We collect web sites, books, audio, videos, software, and other types of media and make them available to the world for free.

Wayback Machine Senior Engineer

Location: Inner Richmond, San Francisco, CA

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Job Summary: The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is the world's largest public archive of historical web sites. Have you ever wanted to work with 400 billion things at once? Would you like to serve 1,500 requests per second? How about having your service referred to regularly in news articles and blog posts across the web? You can work on a challenging and popular project and help the world at the same time.

We are looking for a smart, collaborative and resourceful engineer to help develop the next version of the Wayback Machine. We are also looking for someone who wants to dive in and help us figure out better processes, which may include code review, technical oversight and pair programming. The ideal candidate will possess a desire to work collaboratively with a small internal team and a large, vocal and active user community; demonstrating independence, creativity, initiative and technological savvy, in addition to being a great programmer/architect.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years work experience in Python, or similar
  • Experience working in linux environment
  • Familiarity with Java (current deployment is written in Java)
  • Good understanding of latest web framework technologies and aspects of web technology and protocols
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • BS Computer Science, or equivalent work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with web crawlers and/or applications designed to display archived web content (especially server-side apps)
  • Cluster computing experience
  • Open source practices experience

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@archive.org with the subject line "Wayback Machine Senior Engineer."

Internet Archive will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Ordinance.

About the Internet Archive: Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library founded in 1996. Our motto is Universal Access to All Knowledge. We collect web sites, books, audio, videos, software, and other types of media and make them available to the world for free.

Software Project Engineer

Location: Inner Richmond, San Francisco, CA

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Job Summary/Goal: Our non-profit mission at the Internet Archive is to create a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. This is to provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars and the general public.

Key Responsibilities: The duties of this position are to support a global Books digitization division that works with items born digital and items not born digital. The software and technical support of this position would include:

  • 4,000+ eBooks/week that are digitized, uploaded and processed from 30+ centers located on 4 continents. Keeping this pipeline working and efficient.
  • During any given month, there are 20 million items downloaded from our web sites that rank in the top 200 global web sites. How to learn from the user behavior and help keep this number growing.
  • There is over 1 Petabyte of data to manage. The questions we are asking are: is it in the right format, does it have the right features and contemporary tools for discovery and analysis and so on.
  • The type of digital data is changing and is not related to just books or printed material. As such the successful engineer will be part of an expanding universe of content that will be captured, posted and shared.
  • A diverse, dedicated staff that can range from 75-300 people depending on contracts, funding or commitments. This person will need to field answers to questions and solve problems that pop up as part of the operation.

Reporting Structure: The Software Project Engineer reports to the Global Director of Books The Software Project Engineer will work closely with the Process Manager who will help define, detail and concept the needs of the user community. The Software Project Engineer will work closely with the technical team that supports the server infrastructure; the audio/video/TV and other media content forms and the web team.

Specifics:

  • Programming - A wide variety of software languages are used inside the Internet Archive. PHP and JavaScript are the most common followed by Python. Other programming languages will be required as is necessary. Web app UI design experience is a plus. Experience working and creating API's is a plus
  • Problem solving - A creative, flexible approach that combines teamwork with individualism will be expected. Quick, functional solutions are the norm versus complex, elegant designs
  • Code - There is a large code base that needs to be maintained, improved where necessary and rewritten as appropriate. A bug tracking system is employed that will help the software engineer know where to focus his/her efforts.
  • Type of problems - These can range from crisis (a production center is down) to planned improvements that will improve quality or reduce cost. A Process Manager will assist the Software Project Engineer to strike the correct balance of support
  • This individual will need to provide clear and consistent communication to his management on issues that will impact cost, productivity, quality or impact Partner Library relations
  • At all times, be aware, that, the position will be part of the culture of the Books Division and a part of headquarters staff. Attitude, positive energy and creative force will be vital to not only his/her personal success, but also the contribution to the overall team and support of the non-profit mission.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proven, successful experience working in an Internet non-profit environment would be helpful, but not required
  • Comfortable in a project based, decentralized work environment.
  • Exposure or knowledge of library file structures (i.e. MARC, Dublin Core, Mets) or media formats such as audio, video or TV would be a plus.
  • Experience with programming embedded devices (i.e. Cameras)
  • Experience with GUI development for user interfaces.
  • Experience with large (billions) of files and a wide variety of file formats a plus.
  • Personality wise; good cheer, being a team player, conscientious and a hard-worker will help this person be more successful and accelerate their inclusion in the team (think of a start up environment, but not quite the same killer hours.)

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@archive.org with the subject line " Software Project Engineer."

Internet Archive will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Ordinance.

About the Internet Archive: Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library founded in 1996. Our motto is Universal Access to All Knowledge. We collect web sites, books, audio, videos, software, and other types of media and make them available to the world for free.

Web Application/Software Developer for Archive-It

Location: Inner Richmond, San Francisco, CA

Job Classification: Full-time, exempt

Job Summary/Goal: Our non-profit mission at the Internet Archive is to create a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. This is to provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars and the general public.

Key Responsibilities: The duties of this position are to support a global Books digitization division that works with items born digital and items not born digital. The software and technical support of this position would include:

  • 4,000+ eBooks/week that are digitized, uploaded and processed from 30+ centers located on 4 continents. Keeping this pipeline working and efficient.
  • During any given month, there are 20 million items downloaded from our web sites that rank in the top 200 global web sites. How to learn from the user behavior and help keep this number growing.
  • There is over 1 Petabyte of data to manage. The questions we are asking are: is it in the right format, does it have the right features and contemporary tools for discovery and analysis and so on.
  • The type of digital data is changing and is not related to just books or printed material. As such the successful engineer will be part of an expanding universe of content that will be captured, posted and shared.
  • A diverse, dedicated staff that can range from 75-300 people depending on contracts, funding or commitments. This person will need to field answers to questions and solve problems that pop up as part of the operation.

Reporting Structure: The Software Project Engineer reports to the Global Director of Books The Software Project Engineer will work closely with the Process Manager who will help define, detail and concept the needs of the user community. The Software Project Engineer will work closely with the technical team that supports the server infrastructure; the audio/video/TV and other media content forms and the web team.

Specifics:

  • Programming - A wide variety of software languages are used inside the Internet Archive. PHP and JavaScript are the most common followed by Python. Other programming languages will be required as is necessary. Web app UI design experience is a plus. Experience working and creating API's is a plus
  • Problem solving - A creative, flexible approach that combines teamwork with individualism will be expected. Quick, functional solutions are the norm versus complex, elegant designs
  • Code - There is a large code base that needs to be maintained, improved where necessary and rewritten as appropriate. A bug tracking system is employed that will help the software engineer know where to focus his/her efforts.
  • Type of problems - These can range from crisis (a production center is down) to planned improvements that will improve quality or reduce cost. A Process Manager will assist the Software Project Engineer to strike the correct balance of support
  • This individual will need to provide clear and consistent communication to his management on issues that will impact cost, productivity, quality or impact Partner Library relations
  • At all times, be aware, that, the position will be part of the culture of the Books Division and a part of headquarters staff. Attitude, positive energy and creative force will be vital to not only his/her personal success, but also the contribution to the overall team and support of the non-profit mission.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proven, successful experience working in an Internet non-profit environment would be helpful, but not required
  • Comfortable in a project based, decentralized work environment.
  • Exposure or knowledge of library file structures (i.e. MARC, Dublin Core, Mets) or media formats such as audio, video or TV would be a plus.
  • Experience with programming embedded devices (i.e. Cameras)
  • Experience with GUI development for user interfaces.
  • Experience with large (billions) of files and a wide variety of file formats a plus.
  • Personality wise; good cheer, being a team player, conscientious and a hard-worker will help this person be more successful and accelerate their inclusion in the team (think of a start up environment, but not quite the same killer hours.)

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@archive.org with the subject line " Software Project Engineer."

Internet Archive will consider for employment-qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Ordinance.

About the Internet Archive: Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit library founded in 1996. Our motto is Universal Access to All Knowledge. We collect web sites, books, audio, videos, software, and other types of media and make them available to the world for free.



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